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ABORIGINALITY
In memory of Tuli Kupferberg


I sensed my aboriginality
When I perceived
That I and my fellow humans
Were inseparable
From so-called Nature.

Be it understood
That as a city child
My Nature was less
Trees and streams
Than sidewalks and sirens.

Later came the acid trip
When I realized all things,
Animate and inanimate,
Created and uncreated,
Had souls.

I remembered
My aboriginality
When I stood,
In my imagination,
On a shore

Watching them
With their funny shiny helmets
Disembark; and wondering
What gods are these
And why have they come?

Of course they laughed.
And I say, let them laugh.

        Donald Lev 5/3/17